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Boutorwick, T. J.; Macalister, John; Elgort, Irina – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2019
One avenue for developing second language (L2) vocabulary knowledge is through Extensive Reading (ER). ER can provide opportunities for incidental learning to occur. Class time is often too restricted for sufficient attention to deliberate learning (Hunt & Beglar, 2005) meaning ER is important for L2 vocabulary development. This article builds…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, English (Second Language)
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McQuillan, Jeff – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2019
Macalister and Webb (2019) claim that "children's literature" written for native English speakers is too difficult for intermediate English as a Second Language (ESL) students, those who have acquired the first 3,000 to 4,000 most commonly used words in English. The authors analyzed a corpus of short stories written for a classroom…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, English, Native Speakers, English Language Learners
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Turnbull, Blake; Evans, Moyra Sweetnam – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2017
The aim of this study was to explore the effects of post-reading group discussions in both first (L1) and second (L2) languages on L2 reading comprehension. The participants were fifteen Japanese university students of intermediate-level English. Three cohorts read four English texts and produced individual written recalls. Group 1 (the control…
Descriptors: Native Language, Second Language Learning, Japanese, Recall (Psychology)
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de Burgh-Hirabe, Ryoko; Feryok, Ann – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2013
Numerous studies have reported that extensive reading (ER) has a positive influence on affect. Recent studies suggest that motivation for ER changes. This is in line with recent developments in second language (L2) motivation research that have highlighted the complex and dynamic nature of L2 motivation. This study presents a model of complex and…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Second Language Learning, Reading Motivation, Japanese
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Tabata-Sandom, Mitsue – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2013
This paper reports on two projects which investigated graded readers (GRs) as meaningful input for learners of Japanese as a foreign language (JFL). Project One examined the intentions of six writers of Japanese GRs. A focus group interview demonstrated that the writers had a genuine communicative intent in the writing process. Project Two…
Descriptors: Task Analysis, Second Language Learning, Japanese, Second Language Instruction
Marianne – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2011
This article presents and analyzes qualitative ethnographic data from research investigating intensive reading in an English Second Language high school class. It focuses on selected teacher-student interactions and considers the effect of these interactions in terms of the processes and products of students' intensive study of a fiction text. The…
Descriptors: Ethnography, Teacher Student Relationship, English (Second Language), High School Students
Macalister, John – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2010
Fluent reading is essential for successful comprehension. One dimension of reading fluency is reading rate, or reading speed. Because of the importance of reading fluency, fluency development activities should be incorporated into classroom practice. One activity that meets the fluency development conditions proposed by Nation (2007) is speed…
Descriptors: Speed Reading, Reading Fluency, Reading Rate, Reading Instruction
Joe, Angela – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2010
This longitudinal case study tracks an adult second-language (L2) learner's quality and quantity of encounters with 20 vocabulary items in an English for Academic Purposes course over 3 months. The learner completed pretest and posttest vocabulary knowledge interviews, submitted course materials and notes for analysis, and was observed during…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, English for Academic Purposes, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction